HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) The tragedy in Colorado has local mental health experts urging valley residents to keep these types of horrible events in perspective.
Dr. David Barnhart from Behavioral Sciences of Alabama says events like this need to be kept in perspective. He tells his patients to look at the tragedy through the context of their own lives.
"People naturally have empathy, we have feeling for other people," Barnhart said. "We want to stay in touch with reality and keep our focus on the here and the now and dealing with the things that make life worth living."
The images from the theater shooting in Colorado that left 12 people dead and dozens more injured can be very damaging especially to people suffering from mental illness.
"As tragic as these situations are for folks, it does give us a chance to stop and reflect on whats important in our lives and to think about mental health," Barnhart added.